Oppose the construction of an elevated railway structure and railway garage at La Jolla Village Square
  • Petitioning Kevin Faulconer

This petition will be delivered to:

Mayor, San Diego
Kevin Faulconer
City Council Pres.
Todd Gloria

Oppose the construction of an elevated railway structure and railway garage at La Jolla Village Square

    1. Petition by

      Friends of La Jolla Village Square

We are notifying La Jolla residents and homeowners that SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) plans to construct a railway parking garage and 25-ft high elevated railway structure operating a minimum of 21 hours per day, at the La Jolla Village Square (LJVS) shopping center.      Per SANDAG's Noise and Vibration Impacts Report there will eventually be 256 trolley passes per day.

The current plan would compromise the safety of our neighborhood. The elevated railway structure includes electrical poles and wires which would be visible to residents and visitors, negatively impacting the beauty of our community. The stores and restaurants in this shopping center may be in jeopardy.

We are convinced it would be unwise to build a railway parking garage and elevated railway stop at La Jolla Village Square. It would be a wasteful use of taxpayer money, and would create congestion, noise, pollution, blight, and increased crime in this La Jolla community. There is already comprehensive bus transportation that serves the area. Several other rail stops are planned at nearby locations at the VA, UCSD, and Westfield UTC Shopping Center. A railway parking garage could be planned at more suitable locations with sufficient land areas.

This project would substantially add to existing traffic congestion, compromise pedestrian and bicyclist safety, not be a prudent use of $ 24 million in taxpayer dollars (the estimated cost of the parking garage}, generate additional pollution from buses and vehicles needed to get trolley riders to the station, increase noise in the late evening and early moring, create an earthquake hazard given the elevated track's proximity to the Rose Canyon Fault zone, obstruct views of the Mormon temple, and increase crime.

This important issue was featured on the front page of the June 26, 2014 issue of "La Jolla Light". A better plan is needed for the safety and well-being of the La Jolla Village Square Neighborhood.

To:
Kevin Faulconer, Mayor, San Diego
Todd Gloria, City Council Pres.
I oppose the construction of a railway parking garage and an elevated rail structure at La Jolla Village Square in La Jolla.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Opposition to Elevated Railway Along Interstate 5 and Railway Garage at La Jolla Village Square

      530 residents have signed our petition as of September 30, 2014.

      Resident comments state "We do not need the LJVS trolley stop and especially don't need the added noise, visual pollution of the raised tracks, and above ground wires in our neighborhood. The State has spent millions on millions to put wires underground and now SANDAG wants to put in an unnecessary and unwelcome trolley stop/structure, and it's above ground wiring in our La Jolla neighborhood. This is ludicrous! Stop the madness."

      Please urge your La Jolla friends and family to also sign the petition.

    2. Opposition to Railway Garage and Structure at La Jolla Village Square(LJVS)

      500 residents have signed our petition as of September 21, 2014.

      Resident comments indicate "The railway parking structure is not needed, and a station at LJVS is unnecessary because there will be a station at
      the VA". The current SANDAG plan increases public endangerment, congestion, and blight for this area of La Jolla. This is a bad plan.

      Alternatives and resident comments were downloaded from this website and sent to SANDAG and other interested parties at the end of August, and will be forwarded again with updates at the end of September. We will keep sending resident input until our voices are heard and there is a resolution.

      Please urge your La Jolla friends and family to also sign the petition.

    3. Major Opposition to Garage and Elevated Railway at La Jolla Village Square

      450 residents have signed our petition as of Sept. 10, 2014.
      Signatures were obtained from a sample door to door effort and on this website. Based on resident input the current SANDAG plan increases public endangerment, congestion, and blight for this area of La Jolla.

      There are better solutions. For example, using the existing railroad corridor to the Genesee Ave. area would save millions of taxpayer dollars and eliminate much of the expensive elevated concrete railway structure. Another solution is placing the rail tracks at road level or underground until the rail line passes Nobel Drive, as the neighborhood suggested at the March 13, 2014 meeting with SANDAG.

      Both solutions would be neighborhood-friendly by eliminating the need to construct a giant railway parking garage at La Jolla Village Square that does not have the proper infrastructure, and eliminate the elevated railway.

      The La Jolla Village Square area has comprehensive Superloop bus service that just began in 2010. There is no need for establishing another transit service at this location because there are nearby stops planned at the VA and UCSD.

    4. 400 signatures obtained as of August 31, 2014.

      Based on resident input the current SANDAG plan increases public endangerment, congestion, and blight for this area. The proposed
      railway garage and elevated railway has major opposition and is seen as a threat to the stores in this shopping center, and public safety. There is inadequate infrastructure for a railway garage at this location.

      Mayor Kevin Faulconer has directed that "Neighborhood safety is the number one priority". The current SANDAG plan at LJVS would significantly damage neighborhood safety. A neighborhood friendly plan is needed that protects the safety of this neighborhood in La Jolla.

    5. Major Opposition To Elevated Railway and Garage at La Jolla Village Square

      350 residents have signed our petition in 45 days.
      This response by residents in a short period of time proves there is
      something seriously wrong with the current plan. News updates posted
      on the website www.lajollapetition.com provide neighborhood friendly
      alternatives that would eliminate the negative aspects of this project.
      These neighborhood friendly ideas will be forwarded to the Decision Makers.

    6. 350 signatures obtained as of August 15, 2014

      Several homeowners and residents have made a similar suggestion as the following:

      "The proposed La Jolla Village Square parking garage does not have adequate infrastructure to support any additional cars coming into the area. A much better location for a parking garage instead of La Jolla Village Square is at the proposed trolley station near Genesee, Voigt, and Campus Point. This location still has open space for building a parking garage, has better access, is not close to residential housing and would accommodate the infrastructure improvements needed." Considering the stated purpose of the Mid-Coast Transit Project is for UCSD, this is a potential solution if a parking garage is needed, whether there is a parking fee or not.

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. 300 signatures obtained as of August 2, 2014.

      Signatures were obtained from a sample door to door effort and on this website. Homeowner and resident comments on the website are saying no to an additional garage for commuter rail parking, and no to an elevated concrete railway structure at LJVS due to additional congestion, noise, public safety issues, and blight it would cause. There are several better solutions for the placement of the railway tracks. Using the existing railroad corridor to the Genesee Ave. area would save millions of taxpayer dollars.

      Another option is placing the rail tracks at road level or underground until after Nobel Drive. This would significantly improve the current plan.

      Please urge your family and neighbors to sign this petition to oppose the elevated rail structure and additional garage for commuter rail parking at LJVS.

    9. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Johanna Urbaniak LA JOLLA, CA
      • about 21 hours ago

      The current SANDAG plan is very good at destroying our neighborhood.

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    • Jason Jardine SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 1 day ago

      I am a resident of this area and I believe that this proposal will cause increased traffic congestion that I oppose. I also am troubled that this proposal may be not worth the considerable expense and that certain views of the beautiful Mormon church might be obscured.

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    • Jason Jardine SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 1 day ago

      I believe this project is unnecessary, costly, and will cause further traffic congestion around La Jolla Village Square. I also believe that certain views of the beautiful white church next to I-5 might be obstructed by the proposal. I'm a resident of this area and I oppose the plan.

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    • Naomi Ratajkowski LA JOLLA, CA
      • 2 days ago

      I support public transportation, not redundancy.

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    • Emma Preston LA JOLLA, CA
      • 3 days ago

      If the parking structure is for UCSD, then it should be built on campus.

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